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Annual Meetings ED Letter

ED Letter

National CitizensÂ’ Coalition for 
Nursing Home Reform
29th Annual Meeting
October 17-20, 2004

Spotlight on Quality-Focus on Residents  


Dear Colleagues,

I hope to see each of you at NCCNHR's 29th Annual Meeting and Conference this fall! Once again we will join together to share strategies, ideas, plans and gain knowledge so that we can more effectively bring about improvements in long-term care in our communities, states and nation.

Everywhere we turn, there is discussion of quality by many organizations, professionals and providers. This conference has been designed so that we can utilize NCCNHR's long held strategy of asking residents to define quality - looking at quality from a resident perspective. We will be bringing in experts - researchers, advocates, practitioners, and most importantly residents and their families - to discuss quality and to inspire us to return home and continue our work for change that is resident focused, on-going and that truly results in improved quality of life.

Let me point out some conference changes. We are returning to our schedule of earlier years by starting the conference on Sunday evening (October 17th) and holding intensives Sunday afternoon. This gives our many different interest groups - citizen advocates, local ombudsmen, state ombudsmen, and others - the opportunity to hold meetings on Saturday and Sunday morning. We will close Wednesday at noon; however, we encourage you to add on the Wednesday afternoon sessions being offered by NALC for Bridge Day.

Other conference changes:
  • Redesigned tracks that focus on topics you have told us you want addressed - Quality Practices, Residents' Rights, Effective Advocacy Skills, Alternatives to Nursing Home Care and Public Education.

  • 2 hour sessions Monday afternoon for more in-depth discussions

  • Select repeated sessions so that you don't miss out on a topic of interest

  • Round table luncheon discussions that provide opportunities to network with experts on specific topics

  • The NCCNHR Annual Membership Meeting to start late Monday afternoon so that decision making is not rushed

  • A Washington by Night Tour Monday evening for those who want to see our wonderful city .

You can plan on continuing to enjoy:

  • Thoughtful and challenging plenary speakers  

  • Five concurrent sessions offered in each time slot

  • The wonderful Resident Empowerment Banquet on Monday at noon with Bill Benson's resident interviews

  • The annual party and auction coordinated by NCCNHR's own "Auction Mamas and Papas" (Tuesday evening)

  • Networking opportunities with those who share your passion and vision for quality long-term care

  • An opportunity to share your concerns with government officials and others who influence and make policy 

I look forward to meeting so many of you that I only know by telephone or by name, and to seeing you all sharing and strategizing together.  Please call Christopher Havins at our office for conference details and feel free to send me your ideas. A full conference flyer will be mailed in mid-August. In the meantime, check our website regularly for updated conference details.

Alice H. Hedt
NCCNHR Executive Director  

202-332-2275 http://nursinghomeaction.org

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